- Aikido Book
- by Richard Strozzi Heckler
- Quotes from the Founder
- Classic Aikido Book
- Great read
Aikido and the New Warrior Description
Aikido and the New Warrior includes essays which illuminate Aikido concepts as they apply to many different walks of life: sports, nature, anger, martial arts training, death, and aging to name a few. Please note that this book does not include information on martial arts techniques.
'On the Back' of Aikido and the New Warrior
"In the spring of 1925, if I remember correctly, when I was taking a walk in the garden by myself, I felt that the universe suddenly quaked, and that a golden spirit sprang up from the ground, veiled my body, and changed my body into a golden one. At the same time my mind and body became light. I was able to understand the whispering of the birds, and was clearly aware of the mind of God, the Creator of the universe. At that moment I was enlightened: the source of budo is God's love - the spirit of loving protection for all beings. Endless tears of joy streamed down my cheeks.: - Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
"Master Ueshiba developed a martial form that empowered human beings from the inside out, without categories and contests to determine who is best....Through the techniques developed in Aikido he brought to the world an alternative to our current form of heavy-handed militarism and turn-the-other-cheek pacifism. But ultimately the Aikido of Master Ueshiba is a spiritual path that teaches people to join their ki (of spirit energy) to the ki of universe. Encouraging this practice of unifying our personal ki to a universal ki he envisioned the possibility of everyone participating in a world of harmony, right action, and compassion....In a time when spiritual values have all but evaporated, and where we are all poised on the edge of our mutual destruction or survival, I believe the message of Aikido is a meaningful one." - Richard Heckler, from the Introduction
"I know you have a question, but there's never an answer. looking for an answer is converging and entanglement. You had a question on day one, at the beginning of creation. 'Wow, what is it?' And you're still here....When you're entangled, you're weird, and you know it, and things are tight, and they shouldn't be that tight. I think that we can play the game a bit different" - Robert Nadeau, from "An Aikido Class"
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